All individuals have distinct needs as far as treating alcohol addiction is concerned. The condition can go from mild to severe, depending on the symptoms. The type of care you’ll need is largely influenced by where you fall in that range, but the options are usually the same for all.
There are two main types of alcohol rehab programs, namely inpatient treatment and outpatient treatment. Inpatient is when you get the treatment while staying at a hospital or rehab center. You’ll receive care 24/7 throughout the entire process. Outpatient is when you go to the center during the day but still live at home.
Inpatient often comes with more services and is preferred for patients with significant mental or physical health issues; however, it could cost more. On the other hand, outpatient is a cheaper option that’s often safe and effective for those with mild or moderate alcohol withdrawal.
A third but rarer option is residential rehab, which requires you to live at a center for about for 1-3 months.
Tips for Choosing a Program
First and foremost, list down your needs. A good way to begin is to ask yourself a few questions. For example, what medical or mental health condition or conditions do you have, if any? Do you have a strong support network? If you answered no, an inpatient program might be the better option. Then you can consider the quality and costs of your available options. Look for one where the entire staff is licensed and trained, the success rate is high, and the rates are within your capacity.
Before calling a facility for the first time, list down a few essential questions that you have to ask, such as:
Will you accept insurance, and if so, which specific types?
Can you send me a copy of a treatment plan that you’re currently using?
Do you provide counseling and medical services?
How do you help prevent a relapse?
Will aftercare be available?
In most cases, alcohol rehab will be covered by insurance, but your out-of-pocket costs will of course depend on your health policy as well as the program you choose. One thing usual for everyone though is that your insurance provider will only cover services that are medically important. You will be covered for hospital alcohol rehab by Medicare Part A, but if you go outpatient, you will receive benefits under Medicare Part B.
In any case, make sure to take down notes and speak to your insurance agent. You’ll want to know about copays and other costs; the exact services covered by their plan (inpatient rehab, outpatient rehab, etc. ); and what factors they consider when deciding what to cover.